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Which of the proposals for a city sales tax do you think is best?

Response Percent Votes
No more taxes!
70% 268
A 0.5-percent tax for 10 years
17% 68
A 0.25-percent tax for 10 years
4% 18
A 0.25-percent tax for five years
3% 14
A 0.5-percent tax for five years
2% 11
Total 379


Kat Christian 10 years, 2 months ago

Definitely the city must learn to live within it's means. It is ridiculous that governments keep raising the tax bar to the point where the people won't be able to shop at all for even food. No wonder we are in a housing crisis - who can afford them? Even the Federal governments need to learn how to live within their means, and they keep taxing us even more. NO MORE TAX - enough is enough. This person has spoken.

John Hamm 10 years, 2 months ago

Finally! An LJ-W poll that actually has a complete list of possible CORRECT responses. Usually you folks forget the "none" option! 'Bout time.

50YearResident 10 years, 2 months ago

This is like a poll that asks "How do you prefer to be flogged"?

perkins 10 years, 2 months ago

The problem is too much spending rather than too little revenue. Twenty thousand college kids spending money here and the city still tries to persuade us more taxes are needed.

taucetiman 10 years, 2 months ago

The city needs to go back and adjust its budget, get rid of the T, it is pulling down nearly two million a year. Some of the "road repair " is recurbing streets that didn't really need it yet.

7.8 percent sales tax level is going to drive spending elsewhere.

SpeedRacer 10 years, 2 months ago

I have seen "temporary" sales taxes before, and they always become permanent. The city will get to used to the income and refuse to let it go...and will probably impose another before it is over because "costs have gone up".

ashmole 10 years, 2 months ago

Time for the city commission to stop thinking about new ways to spend our money (or give it away as back-door tax breaks to Deciphera) and to concentrate on some savings. We don't need more gold-plated roads like the Kasold upgrade (which is now brighter than Memorial Stadium on game night) but just basic upkeep all over town.

KU_cynic 10 years, 2 months ago

While this poll is far from scientific I think that it nevertheless indicates the likely outcome of a referendum on a sales tax increase: DEFEAT.

The unreality of government in Lawrence has to stop. The city should plan for the next five years without a tax increases (e.g., pull the plug on the "T"). Likewise, USD 497 shouldn't be building in any budget increases based on sustained rates of appreciation on residential property, because home prices even in Lawrence are likely to be flat at best over the next few years. Instead, I predict that city and school district planners will hum along blissfully ignorant until they find themselves in a CRISIS which will seem sudden only to them.

SloMo 10 years, 2 months ago

Instead of killing off the "T" I think it should be fixed so that it serves people well who want to use it (and that means the T's management really listening to what would-be riders say).

I agree with a previous poster that somehow those sunset clauses never really set.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 2 months ago

There is plenty more on the commission agenda that involves creative financing and your tax dollars not to mention a developers "fast track process" that eliminates taxpayer/citiizen input hidden in THIS city commissions definition of SmartCode (RED FLAG). This is not a SmartCode city commission but rather a slick way to divert any possible challenge and opens more doors for the chamber thinkers of the real estate/development community aka expensive sprawl that will be indentified as New Urbanism. No the majority of this commission are not true SmartCode or New Urbanism thinkers so beware.

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